The conciliatory commission trying to hammer out Russia’s 1997 budget failed to agree on military allocations last week. It decided to wait until the government submits its defense procurement orders for the next year before meeting again. The government proposed 102.8 trillion rubles for the Defense Ministry and the military programs of the Atomic Energy Ministry, a sum the ministries and some Duma members felt was inadequate. (Itar-Tass, November 14)
Duma Worried About Russian Nuclear Weapons.